"Everything happened very fast," Anthony Sadler, a student travelling with friends Alex Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, both members of the US military, said.
    
"I didn't realise what was happening until I saw a guard run past. I looked back and saw a guy enter with a Kalashnikov. My friends and I got down and then I said let's get him”, said Skarlatos, a 22-year-old member of the National Guard in Oregon, who has recently returned from service in Afghanistan.

Sadler added that the man - later identified as a 26-year-old of Moroccan origin - "didn't stand a chance. As soon as we saw him, we all ran back there. It all happened really fast.”

"He didn't say anything. He was just telling us to give back his gun. 'Give me back my gun! Give me back my gun!' But we just carried on beating him up and immobilised him and that was it”, Sadler said.
    
President Barack Obama singled out the Americans, saying "it is clear that their heroic actions may have prevented a far worse tragedy."
    
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the group showed 'great bravery'. "Without their cool-headed actions we could have been faced with a terrible incident," he said.

 

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